US 212 - Red Lodge to Roberts
US 212 - Red Lodge to Roberts
The Montana Department of Transportation invites all to the US 212 – Red Lodge to Roberts Virtual Open House on Wednesday, March 3 via Zoom [zoom.us]. Two online sessions will be held at noon and 5:30 pm. Registration is required in order to receive access information.
Attendees can expect a one-hour webinar-style event with a presentation from representatives of both MDT and engineering consultant, Sanderson Stewart. This will be followed by a question-and-answer session, as well as an opportunity to provide comments. The same information will be provided at both events.
If you cannot attend and want to provide a comment or have any questions, please call the project hotline at 406-207-4484.
The US 212 corridor is a major thoroughfare, transporting residents through rural agricultural lands to the city of Billings and beyond. It’s also a major highway for tourism, as in- and out-of-state visitors come to visit Red Lodge for its unique appeal (including rodeos, parades, motorcycle rallies, skiing, etc.), travel to the Cooke City gate of Yellowstone National Park, or take scenic drives along the famed Beartooth Highway.
The section of US 212 between Red Lodge and Roberts was originally constructed as a dirt/gravel road in 1933. In 1983, it was noticeably improved (overlaid with fresh asphalt) to accommodate larger, faster vehicles. It was then repaved in 2002, but has not received notable improvements since that time. Meanwhile, the beauty of the Treasure State has drawn many to this area, steadily adding to the population and increasing tourism. To accommodate the growth in roadway users over the past 20 years, and address the safety and reconstruction needs of this corridor, the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) launched the US 212 – Red Lodge to Roberts project.
Many residents may have noticed that the US 212 corridor has undergone substantial reconstruction efforts in recent years in Red Lodge and Roberts. The Red Lodge to Roberts project will connect to the recently completed Roberts project, and additional plans to expand US 212 between Roberts and Boyd, as well as from 8th Street in Red Lodge to Two Mile Road, are currently being developed. The US 212 – Red Lodge to Roberts project extends approximately 9.6 miles between the towns of Red Lodge and Roberts, from Two Mile Bridge Road to a half-mile outside of Roberts, near West Bench Road.
The major improvements of this project include:
- Reconstruction and rehabilitation of nearly 10 miles of roadway.
- Widening US 212 to include eight-foot shoulders on both sides of the highway.
- Adding 3.9 miles of passing lanes at two locations: 2.2 miles of northbound passing lanes from mileposts 72.6 to 74.8 (approximately between Kent Lane and Moon Beam Lane), and 1.7 miles of southbound passing lanes from mileposts 79.6 to 81.3 (nearby Moose Tracks Drive and Bertolino Lane).
- Adding a school bus turnout/scale site approximately one mile north of Fox East Bench Road.
- Improving drainage and irrigation to reduce flooding. This includes adding ditches along the majority of the highway to allow for draining and to provide snow storage.
- Six concrete box culverts (i.e., pipes that allow water to flow under the road) will also be installed.
- Adjusting the curves of the highway in key areas to allow drivers to see further.
- Minor alignment shifts to minimize impacts to properties and environmental resources.
As of 2021, the US 212 – Red Lodge to Roberts project is nearing the end of the pre-construction phase, meaning that engineers have designed project plans and are in the process of finalizing right-of-way agreements with landowners, securing the space needed to expand the highway’s capacity. Pending the timely completion of these negotiations, construction is anticipated as early as 2022. The bulk of major construction will be done over one year, but light impacts may occur in 2023 as well.
What can residents expect prior to and during construction?
MDT welcomes feedback from residents throughout the project process. However, the closer a project is to construction, the more difficult it is to incorporate changes. As such, all are encouraged to reach out with any comments or concerns early, before orange cones start dotting the highway.
Big Sky Public Relations is available to answer questions, provide information, and hear your thoughts throughout the project process. Prior to construction, updates will be sent out quarterly and as milestones occur. Once construction season begins, updates will occur weekly and more frequently as urgent changes occur.
We are here to help throughout this process. Please feel free to contact us below!
- Email: Contact to subscribe for updates, ask questions, or submit a comment
- Project Hotline: 406-207-4484, answered by a member of the Big Sky Public Relations staff Monday – Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM
- Mail: C/O Big Sky Public Relations, PO Box 732, Bozeman, MT 59771